𝑭𝑹𝑨𝑵𝑪𝑰𝑺 𝑮𝑶𝒀𝑶𝑵𝑺 𝑯𝑶𝑳𝑫𝑺 𝑼𝑷 𝑰𝑵 𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑾𝑰𝑵𝑫
As our twenty seven golfers gathered at the first tee on the ‘A’ course, the wind was howling from behind. Not quite gale force, but it felt like it, and the temperature about 25 degrees C.
Only because the wind did abate slightly during the back nine, were some able to put together some respectable scores.
Francis Goyons and his good buddy, Jean-Pierre Gasser, have become a popular part of Links Golf during the past couple of weeks and, with their low handicaps, have recorded some good scores.
Today, it was Francis Goyon who took on the windy conditions to come out on top with a very good score of 37 points. We have had a run, recently, of first time Green Jacket wearers and Francis became the latest to achieve that.
Peter Kelly gets around and played a rare game with Links. He showed good form to take second place with a handicap equalling score of 36 points, after winning a countback against Tony Browne, who has struck some good recent form.
Three players had 35 points on their cards, so a three way countback ensued.
Glen Elsworth, freshly back from the U.K won his way to fourth place, followed by George Mueller and then Niall Caven, all doing well in the conditions.
One more place to go and that was won by the aforementioned Jean-Pierre Gasser, winning another countback at the 34 points mark, beating Petur Petursson, who then won the consolation ‘best front nine’ for non winners.
𝗡𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝘀: George Mueller (3), Jamie Booterbaugh (8), Mike Tottenham (11), Peter Kelly (16)
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐚
𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 – 𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝘀 𝗚𝗼𝘆𝗼𝗻𝘀 (𝟭𝟯) – 𝟯𝟳 𝗽𝘁𝘀
2nd Place – Peter Kelly (15)- 36 pts c/back
3rd Place – Tony Browne (18) – 36 pts
4th Place – Glen Elsworth (16) – 35 pts c/back
5th Place – George Mueller (16) – 35 pts c/back
6th Place – Niall Caven (24) – 35 pts
7th Place – Jean-Pierre Gasser (10) – 34 pts c/back
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘁 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Petur Petursson – 18 pts
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗕𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Wayne Peppernell – 17 pts c/back
The Pattana course is starting to dry out and firm up, although there was the odd mud ball to be found. The rough had been cut back since our previous visit and the greens are still running truly.
With no other groups ahead, our first group, a three ball, finished the round in just over three hours.
Some golf clubs have raised their rates for ‘high season’ but maybe more in hope of a ‘high season’ than any reality, we shall see.
𝑷𝒉𝒐𝒕𝒐: Winner, 𝐅𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐈𝐒 𝐆𝐎𝐘𝐎𝐍𝐒 with Phil Davies presenting